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dc.contributor.advisorCohn, Keith R.
dc.contributor.authorCollins, Joseph C.
dc.dateJun-16
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-02T19:34:43Z
dc.date.available2016-08-02T19:34:43Z
dc.date.issued2016-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/49439
dc.description.abstractLaser weapon systems, unlike conventional weapons, are heavily dependent upon the ever-changing atmospheric conditions in their employment theater. In order to understand the operational effectiveness of a laser weapon, the performance limits due to atmospheric conditions need to be understood. ANCHOR, a laser performance scaling code developed at the Naval Postgraduate School, is one such code used to model a laser's effectiveness for a variety of atmospheric conditions. This thesis focuses on the calibration of ANCHOR's thermal blooming model. In the absence of turbulence, thermal blooming is generally well understood and the thermal blooming Strehl ratio is well defined. When turbulence is coupled with thermal blooming, however, the thermal blooming Strehl ratio is exceedingly difficult to quantify using scaling codes. This thesis calibrates ANCHOR's thermal blooming model using the full wave propagation code TBWaveCalc by adjusting the coefficients of an analytical formula to best fit the TBWaveCalc results over a wide variety of initial conditions.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/animprovedrmalbl1094549439
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleAn improved thermal blooming model for the laser performance code ANCHORen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderBlau, Joseph
dc.contributor.departmentPhysicsen_US
dc.subject.authorthermal bloomingen_US
dc.subject.authoratmospheric propagationen_US
dc.subject.authorlaseren_US
dc.subject.authorscaling codeen_US
dc.subject.authorStrehl ratioen_US
dc.subject.authorANCHORen_US
dc.subject.authorCOAMPSen_US
dc.subject.authorNAVSLaMen_US
dc.subject.authorLEEDRen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Applied Physicsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineApplied Physicsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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